Red Cross Ready To Tackle Nor’easter

As you’ve heard by now, we’re getting a Nor’easter in two days. It is predicted to bring high wind, considerable rain, and possibly snow to areas that have already been heavily affected by Hurricane Sandy. ImageThe American Red Cross is expecting to increase our sheltering operations as necessary and will be ready to help thousands as falling temperatures render already fragile houses uninhabitable.

See all open shelters on this map: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter

You need to prep for this upcoming Nor’easter much the same way you did for Sandy.

Food: Get 3 day non-perishable and canned food supply.

Water: 3 days supply minimum. You’ll need 1 gallon per person per day.

Medicines: 7-day supply and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)

Fuel: Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

Power outage: Even though the region is starting to get power restored, being prepared for another outage will be essential during a storm like this. Do you know where your flashlights are? Get extra batteries today along with a battery operated radio.

Cell phones and laptops: Charge everything and keep their batteries full.

See the whole list of storm preparations here:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm

What we’re doing to prepare:

Feeding: Our fixed and mobile feeding stations are out and about giving hot meals, water and sandwiches to people all along NJ and NY. These locations may change, so stay tuned in to our Twitter feed. Image

Shelter: At this time more than 71 shelters in NJ are helping almost 6,000 people.

See all open shelters on this map: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter

Relief supplies: More than 60 trailers carrying cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks and gloves are arriving this weekend.

Blankets: We’re mobilizing additional 80,000 blankets for the cold forecasted for much of the mid-Atlantic area.

We’ll be updating our blog regularly, so stay tuned.

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